FCC Votes To Repeal Net Neutrality, Throwing The Internet's Future Into Question


The 2015 rules were meant to give consumers equal access to web content and prevent broadband providers from favoring their own content. Pai proposes allowing those practices as long as they are disclosed. Mignon Clyburn said eliminating the rule would harm consumers.

He reiterated the position of the Republican majority that the government shouldn't control or heavily regulate internet access.

Pai's proposal is "like letting the bullies develop their own playground rules", said Democratic Senator Ed Markey.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is reportedly so upset over the FCC vote he is leading a multi-state lawsuit to overturn it.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), who supported the FCC's decision, promised action next week from Congress: "We need to permanently enact rules that prevent throttling and blocking- but that's Congress' job". Based on the FCC docket, more than 23 million Americans submitted comments, an unrealistically high number that is equivalent to 1 in 14 Americans.

Streaming giants Netflix tweeted their disappointment about the decision, saying they stand with innovators.

Demonstrators rally outside the Federal Communication Commission building to protest against the end of net neutrality rules on December 14, 2017 in Washington, DC.

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The "agency that is supposed to protect you is abandoning you", she said.

Jessica Rosenworcel, one of two Democrats on the FCC, said that the vote puts the commission "on the wrong side of history, the wrong side of the law, and the wrong side of the American public". The idea was to keep the Internet open and fair. "This is a great day for consumers, innovators, and freedom".

Pai's fellow GOP commissioners agreed. The backlash to the FCC's attack on the Internet has reached a boiling point. The ensuing fallout since the 3-2 vote could have easily been predicted as well.

A moment of silence for net neutrality. "Your internet Thursday afternoon (today) will not change in any significant and substantial way", Michael Powell, president of NCTA-The Internet and Television Association, stated prior to the vote. Comcast customers will continue to enjoy all of the benefits of an open internet today, tomorrow, and in the future. "Consumers will remain protected". "We have repeatedly stated and reiterate today, that we do not and will not block, throttle, or discriminate against lawful content".

The move is opposed by Democrats, Hollywood and big internet companies like Google parent Alphabet Inc and Facebook Inc, which had urged Pai not to rescind the rules.

It's also worth noting that the first media businesses to feel the pain of paid prioritization schemes will likely be conservative sites. Comcast itself called for legislative action Thursday.

In a statement, Flake said the FCC privacy rules would "limit consumer choice, stifle innovation, and jeopardize data security by destabilizing the internet ecosystem". "If we don't have net neutrality protections that enforce tenets of fairness online, you give internet service providers the ability to choose winners and losers", Steve Huffman, chief executive of Reddit, said in an interview.